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Participate in the AE Member Value Plus program in July and earn a reward!

AEs* that contribute a sample to the REALTORS® Association Resource Exchange (RARE) between July 1, 2014 and July 31, 2014 will earn a free 2014 Swanepoel Trends Report ($149.95 value). What is RARE? RARE is a dynamic collection of...
July 1, 2014

Do artificial lawns impact home values?

We were recently asked whether artificial lawns impact residential home values, and, based on our research, there have been no studies published in trade or academic journals that offer a definitive ‘yes’ or ‘no’. From a review of articles...
April 12, 2013

A Compendium of Resources for First-Time Home Buyers

We recently compiled a list of resources for first-time home buyers, and came up with a nice list of information from the National Association of REALTORS®, REALTOR® Magazine online, Realtor.com, and HUD. Field Guides from NAR Field Guide to...
March 28, 2013

Research on Modular Housing

Recently a member contacted the NAR library for research on modular homes, including their resale value and impact on adjacent property values. We provided articles, reports, statistics, and additional resources that may be helpful in building the case that...
October 10, 2012

Split-Tax Rate Research

Recently a Massachusetts REALTOR asked for research on split-tax rates for real property tax. His community had a single tax rate for residential and commercial properties but was thinking of breaking them apart so commercial properties would be taxed...
September 17, 2012

VISIT USA Act

A new visa program for overseas investors is slowly wending its way through congress. We’ve covered it before in the blog, but a member recently asked for an update . There hasn’t been a whole lot of recent discussion...
February 8, 2012

What’s a superphone, and how is it different from my smartphone?

Google introduced the term “superphone” in January with the launch of the Nexus One Google phone. According to Google VP Andy Rubin, the new term refers to all the innovations that superphones have that didn’t exist a couple years...
July 14, 2010